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Government Running Apprenticeship Funding Survey

Friday, 29 September 2017
By: Skills CFA
The UK Department for Education is running a survey on how reforms to apprenticeship funding, including the Apprenticeship Levy, have affected employers and training providers.

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Instructus Skills are reviewing the Interpreting National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Monday, 19 June 2017
By: Skills CFA

Instructus Skills are reviewing the Interpreting National Occupational Standards (NOS). The aim of the review project is to create a revised set of standards which reflects current interpreting practice and the skills and knowledge required by professional interpreters.

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Instructus chosen as Delivery Partner by Devolved Nations for Business and Administration, Management and Customer Service occupational group

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
By: Skills CFA

Thanks to support from you our Stakeholders we are pleased to announce that Skills Development Scotland as lead for the Devolved Nations of the UK, have chosen us as their ‘Delivery Partner’ for the occupational group which contains Business and Administration, Management and Customer Service. We are working with them to finalise the delivery schedule and then we’ll be in touch to ensure your feedback can be recognised.

If this is the first you’ve heard about this then get in  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your details so you don’t miss the chance to have your say.

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Apprentice Success Story

Friday, 10 March 2017
By: Skills CFA

Award Winning Apprentice

In keeping with National Apprentice Week's (6-10th March 2017) theme of 'The Ladder of Opportunity', we are continuing our series of articles about our Apprentice success stories. Instructus is a group of companies comprised of Instructus (formerly Skills CFA), CQM Training and Consultancy Ltd, and Springboard Consultancy. CQM T&C is an award winning Training Provider that has a strong focus on sustainability and measured improvement. The following story is about their Apprentice Wojciech Kalinowski.

Wojciech Kalinowski took an Improve Efficiency Apprenticeship in Food Manufacturing Excellence. Finishing it at just 19 years old, he is the Trainee Relief Team Leader at Bradgate Bakery (they make the sandwiches for Tesco - so, as you can imagine, that's a pretty big organisation).

He started his apprenticeship in 2014 after choosing not to go to college. Applying for his Apprenticeship via CQM Training and Consultantcy Ltd, and successfully completing his stage 2 interview (where he impresses two of Bradgates' Managers), he was employed the same day! 18 months later and he is the youngest trainee team leader in the company history.

Woj said, "I'd never heard of Bradgate Bakery before applying for an apprenticeship, but once they showed an interest in me, told me about the opportunities they'd offer me and allowed me to have a look around, I knew it was where I wanted to be". He told us about the equipment he learned to use and the responsibility of learning to be a team leader and said "I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn't done the apprenticeship; it can take ten years to get to a team leader position and in 18 months I am now being trained, which I'm really proud of. I'm also really proud that I've been able to save the business about £500 a week by restructuring shifts and looking at how the company was using resources".

And his hard work and dedication has paid off in other ways too. At the end of last year, Woj landed the prestigious Young Talent of the year award in the food and drink manufacturing industry's Oscars - the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. Truly a well deserved accolade. But we should not forget that CQM Training and Consultantcy Ltd has won this award for the third consecutive year, thus demonstrating the excellence of their training, and their focus and commitment to their apprentices.

And as a reminder that the Ladder of Opportunity is always 'up', Woj's next goal is to become the youngest manager in the company (and he clearly has the opportunity to beat the current record of 25 years old). We at Instructus wish him the best and hope that his story has done a little to inspire our readers.

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The Ladder of Opportunity: An Apprentice's Story

Monday, 06 March 2017
By: Skills CFA

It's National Apprentice Week (6-10th March 2017), and this year's theme is the 'Ladder of Opportunity'. We'd like to you to take a few moments to read the story (below) about of one of our Apprentices, Jah-Zena Ryan, that illustrates this theme.

We asked her to tell us what her Apprenticeship means to her and how it has and will help her occupationally in the future.

Jah-Zena started her Intermediate Business Support Apprenticeship with us in 2014. Instructus (formerlyl Skills CFA) has spent 20 years designing and developing Apprenticeships and qualifications and an aspect of Jah-Zena's role was to work within our 'group' and learn about what we do.

She recalled "During the 12 months of my apprenticeship I was able to learn a lot about apprenticeship frameworks, the requirements and the details of the qualifications". There was a lot of work to do but Jah-Zena met these challenges and within 3 months "my job title changed from Business Support Apprentice to Business Support Officer".

Following the completion of the intermediate apprenticeship, she then went on to start the advanced business administration apprenticeship. Jah-Zena told us "I am now currently nearing the end of my Apprenticeship and I have learnt a large amount about the Instructus Group".

We asked her how taking an Apprenticeship has and would help her in the future. She told us "I feel that by completing these apprenticeships I have been able to gain experience as well as obtain qualifications at a young age". Warming to the question she continued "I believe I will be able to use these accomplishments as a stepping stone into other job opportunities that may arise in the future. In my opinion apprenticeship have provided young people a great opportunity to “#EarnAndLearn” doing a job that they can genuinely enjoy".

We at Instructus are very proud of Jah-Zena's accomplishments and hope that her story can help inspire other young people to take up Apprenticeships, as they offer the opportunity of a bright future.

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